Sloth Racket + Birchall/Cheetham/Webster/Willberg
For the Manchester leg of the Sloth Racket ‘A Glorious Monster’ Tour we’re at The Peer Hat with the excellent improv troupe Birchall/Cheetham/Webster/Willberg. Join us…
Sloth Racket is a band of UK improvisers led by baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts, with Sam Andreae on alto saxophone, Anton Hunter on guitar, Seth Bennett on bass and Johnny Hunter on drums. They play Cath’s compositions, combining written fragments with graphic notation to explore the balance between freedom and structure. The results are always different, and so far have ranged across musical territories taking in fiery free jazz, minimal improv textures and heavy riffs. They release their third studio album ‘A Glorious Monster’ on the Luminous label this June.
‘The group’s ability to move freely from jointly articulated statements to darkly atmospheric extended techniques is remarkable.’ – The Wire
The Manchester and London based quartet of David Birchall (guitar), Andrew Cheetham (drums), Colin Webster (alto and baritone saxophones), and Otto Willberg (double bass) began working together in 2015 and have recorded three albums and toured extensively. The quartet have forged an ability to push as a single entity, forming dense instant compositions that move from manic intensity to meditative stillness.
“Even in the realm of free improvisation, music rarely sounded this brutally physical.” – Tristan Bath, The Quietus